Bracing as the westerly was at Marshside today, I couldn't help wondering if a smarter man wouldn't have his ass wedged in the Mermaid Inn on St Mary's waiting for the wind to drop and the Yankees to emerge from the Scilly cover.
Always tricky to watch the marsh in these conditions, with most birds keeping a low profile, including a fine Greenshank on the Sandplant Lagoon, which looked decidedly unimpressed with the conditions.
Plenty of Little Egrets about, as you would expect, with a Blackwit roost at the Junction Pool, and several groups of Pinkies and Si Glinn, Jason and Bones had bagged a ringtail Hen Harrier on the outer marsh before I met up with 'em.
Best I could manage was a young Peregrine cowering on a tide-dumped branch.
Mipits, Skylarks, Reed Bunts and Linnets overhead, no sign of flocks of Snow Geese, but today's group (wherever they have come from) that graced the Fylde and Preston way may just pop up on the mosses if we are lucky.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...